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REI Transit Shoulder Bag

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Urban organization and outdoor attitude! The REI Transit shoulder bag is sized and featured to meet all the challenges of the daily urban grind, and adds outdoor-inspired details to make hauling easy.

  • Messenger bag styling; main flap has hidden security zipper closure in addition to rip-and-stick and buckle closures for quick access
  • Easy access organizer panel under front flap has pen slots, a fleece-lined phone pocket and additional slot pockets for small essentials
  • Sleek neoprene sleeve provides protection for laptop computers; sized to fit 15 in. and 16 in. laptops
  • Exterior zipper provides quick access to the laptop compartment
  • Side pockets can stretch to vary capacity, providing a convenient place to stash a water bottle or allow quick access to small essentials
  • Carry handle is padded with soft edge design for a comfortable grip
  • Durable ballistic nylon bottom panel and foam padding protect interior contents
  • Removable shoulder strap offers sliding shoulder pad; length is easy to adjust
  • Front flap has zippered pocket for quick access to small items


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REI Transit Shoulder Bag Specs
Best use
Shoulder bag
23 liter
1,404 cubic inches
4 + main compartment
16 inches
18 x 12.5 x 5.25 inches
1 lbs. 14 oz.
Bag style
Gear capacity (L)
Gear capacity (cu. in.)
Number of exterior pockets
Laptop compartment
Fits laptop size (in.)
Carry-on size

REI Transit Shoulder Bag

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REI Transit Shoulder Bagis rated3.75out of5by4.
Rated4out of5byfromAwesome Bag for the PriceAwesome bag for the price. I use it to carry my personal electronics, books, business paperwork, and a lot of the other "everyday carry" items I have. I have a 750ml camelbak bottle that fits perfectly in the pocket on the sides. Having the second zipper to access the main compartment without having to unclasp and unzip the front flap is a huge benefit. I bought a small-ish camera bag insert that my DSLR and a couple of lenses fit into, and that fits very easily into the main pouch of this bag alongside a lot of other things. The only issue dive had so far with this bag is that the zippers can be fairly sticky. You have to grab the fabric at the zipped-to end to unzip it, and vice-versa. Overall, I'm very happy with this product and would recommend it to people who need a bag for their EDC.
Date published: 2013-10-12
Rated4out of5byfromGreat bag!Comfortable and holds my computer with plenty of pockets. There isn't a specific area for papers or folders, but nothing's gotten wrecked yet. Pretty great. The one beef I have is that there's a zipper top that has to be zipped to be 100% sure nothing spills out. The zipper is tough to do up, so I skip it a lot if I'm not packing my bag away.
Date published: 2013-04-17
Rated4out of5byfromDefinitely a satisfied customer.I think I love this bag. I was using the REI Urban Sling backpack but needed something more professional. This bag fits my 16 inch laptop with a cover on the top perfectly without over-stretching the neoprene sleeve. The internal 23 liter capacity I feel is just enough so that I don't overpack it. I usually carry a 1-liter water bottle, the laptop, 2 medium-sized textbooks, 2 thin notebooks, and a full folder of coursework papers. I walk to and from my job which is 30 min one way so I have to consider my shoulder which I say this bag has done well by not causing me any grief. The color is a plus to with black being much more professional than the green that was offered for a long while. The one major con is the zipper design access for the main compartment. It's set at a tricky angle that makes access not as easy as the zippered access for the computer compartment. I tend to pack everything through the zippered access on the back of the bag for even though it's mainly for the computer. Also I would've liked some more organizers but I chose to buy this less inexpensive one compared to the REI Quantum Messenger Bag which had more but I felt looked and was reviewed as a quite bit bulkier. The last thing isn't a con or pro but a question as to the design space behind the water bottle holders. I don't know why it's there and I looked up the specs and product description and it doesn't mention it at all. All in all I would definitely recommend this bag. It lives up to it's great branding and I feel confident I will use this bag in years to come.
Date published: 2012-12-27
Rated3out of5byfromFunction with a flashI am a student and I wanted this bag to go to clinical in. There are a few things I really like about this bag. 1. The strap is solid and easily adjustable. 2. IT HAS WATER BOTTLE POCKETS, I drink a lot of water throughout the day this is one of the only bag that I could find that has some external water bottle holders. Note: I do not think the water bottle holders will fit nalgeen bottles but I use metal bottles that are thinner and they fit fine. 3. Its simple but has some nice features for getting to your gear I really like the zipper that allows you to get strait into the main compartment. Cons: 1. The buckles a a little useless since they don't actually shrink the bag at all, they provide almost zero compression ability. 2. The zippers alson the top of the main compartment for accessing the bag the normal way have become miss aligned quite often. Its a easy fix but kind of annoying. 3. It is a bit heavy and its rough to travel with a lot of weight in it while on a bike but its a single strap bag after all. Overall: Its a good bag for a lot less and it has its own simple style to it.
Date published: 2012-09-01

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